Security breach: Classified information about presidential visit found in gutter

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WHAT: The Australian government says it is investigating how a classified booklet detailing Barack Obama’s itinerary came to be lost in a gutter during the president’s visit last week. The booklet contained details on Obama’s itinerary and his security convoy, and the cellphone numbers of senior U.S. and Australian officials.

HOW: Journalist Dylan Welch of The Age newspaper reported that he found the 120-page booklet on Thursday about 100 yards from Parliament House in Canberra, where Obama attended several functions during his 27-hour Australian visit.

WHAT’S BEING DONE: Australia’s Attorney-General’s Department said in a statement on Sunday it was investigating the matter. The department said it does not comment on security isssues.

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